How the Other Half Lived

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My works-in-progress drive my research and presently I am deep into the period 1870-1912, roughly the years known as the Gilded Age in US history. The period was marked by tremendous industrial and… Continue reading

A Lost Art Form

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Unless you’re a baby boomer or a vintage car enthusiast, you won’t even realize one of the most whimsical and beautiful artistic endeavors has died a quiet death. Today’s automobiles only have a… Continue reading

Stella Benson

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March is Women’s History Month in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Especially during these thirty-one days, we are encouraged to acknowledge, commemorate, study and celebrate the vital role women have… Continue reading

National Johnny Appleseed Day

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Despite what Disney would have you believe, Johnny Appleseed was not a fictious character. He was, in fact, a real person, and his foresight in planting apple trees throughout what at one time… Continue reading

When One’s Contributions Are Ignored

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Since 1976 when President Gerald Ford declared February to be Black History Month, the time has been used to focus on the contributions and accomplishments of prominent and lesser known persons of African… Continue reading

African Americans in the Revolutionary War

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Because I’ve spent much of the last two years researching the Revolutionary War in America for my Revolutionary Women series, I decided to take a look during Black History Month at the participation… Continue reading

Intrepid Woman of the Klondike

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   In 1976 during the nation’s bicentennial, President Gerald Ford signed a declaration recognizing February as Black History Month in the United States. In doing so, he urged all Americans to “seize the opportunity… Continue reading

The Molineux Rule: Getting Away with Murder

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Roland Burnham Molineux by all appearances had everything a young man of the Gilded Age could desire. He was handsome, well built, wealthy, and socially prominent. He came from an old, distinguished New… Continue reading

Inventing Christmas

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Before the 19th century, Americans had no unified vision of how Christmas should be celebrated or even if it should be celebrated at all. Communities may or may not have had their own… Continue reading

Revolutionary Men–John Laurens

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I recently read an editorial in my local newspaper about the current state of the pandemic in America, and the writer cautioned us not to become the John Laurens of the pandemic. So,… Continue reading